People make choices all the time. Whether it's for better or for worse, choices are choices. A lot of things go into making an important choice or decision. More so than one might think. Time, place, the people one is with, as well as the situation at hand. Most people base their choices on what they know or think they might want to do through out the day. Usually these choices are meant to benefit themselves as no one usually wants to make a wrong turn when they walk down the street. There are, however, times when people find themselves forced to make certain decisions. Sometimes people end up feeling better afterward or go fall under immense regret. Here, we'll take a look at a voluntary decision which ends up taking that wrong turn down the street, staying lost and never finding it's way back again.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is about a traveler who stumbles on to a forked road. After carefully surveying the first road, the traveler ultimately chooses to go down the second thinking he will either end up in the same destination the first could have taken him or that there might be more in store for him. Through out the poem, Frost is constantly making comparisons and citing the differences between them. In the last line: "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" he specifically refers to the decision made by the traveler to take the second road as it turns out to be the less explored one, separating the traveler from everybody else who have probably encountered that same fork. Frost makes another, similar comparison in the second line of the poem-"And sorry I could not travel both/And be one traveler"-here he indicates that as a an explorer, the traveler is but one person and thus it is physically impossible for him to travel down both roads at once so the only thing he can do is commit to his decision and travel down the second road. By going down the less traveled road, the traveler feels that there is possibly more to gain for him because after surveying the more often traveled road, he realizes why that road is more traveled, influencing his decision to go down the less traveled road. There is a bit of symbolism through out the poem.